World Championship Goat Cook Off


“What’s this World Championship BBQ Goat Cook Off all about?” you ask.

Well, we’re not even sure how we goat here (get ready for endless goat puns), but we’ll do our best to explain.

It all started in 1974 when 16 cook teams got together to roast some goat in an effort to raise money for the Jaycees of McCulloch county. Yes, it was just your typical small town Texas cook off. We never could have imagined that it would become what it is today.

We now boast 206 cook teams with a 90+ team waiting list. Close to 10,000 attendees come from all over Texas and beyond. Over 5,700 pounds of goat are cooked each year in Richard’s Park on Labor Day Weekend. We know what you’re thinking, “You’ve GOAT to be kidding me.” Nope. We’re not kidding.

And, it gets even better. Not only is this the biggest and longest running cook off of its kind, but it’s also fun for the whole family. Yes, Billy, Nanny, & the kids (otherwise known as Dad, Mom, & the chitlins) can all enjoy a fun filled, activity packed weekend. With over 50 vendors, an arts & crafts fair, children’s games, a Goat Gallup fun run, a Horseshoe & Washer pitching tournament, and a street dance on both Friday & Saturday night, it’s totes ma goats good times for all ages!






Hey Good Lookin’! Whatcha Got Cookin’?

Wanna throw your hat in the ring at the biggest, baa-aadest (get it?) cook off in the state of Texas? Click the links below to check out the rules & regulations and submit your entry form. Remember, we book up pretty quick, so don’t dawdle!

The Boring Stuff

We know, we know. Nobody loves rules. But, in an effort to keep things safe and fair, we’ve got a few that you’ve got to follow.

Rules & Regulations

Get In The Game

Wanna get in on the action? Contact us for information and an entry form.

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So, cooking isn’t your forte? Well, you’re in luck! We’ve got countless activities for the whole family to enjoy. Check out some of our offerings below, and participate in whatever floats your goat! (I told you we had endless goat puns!)

Children's Games

Our children’s area is chock full of good times for the kiddies. From Hamster Ball to Bull Riding, Bounce Houses & Slides, the little ones are sure to stay entertained!

Washers and Horseshoes

Washer & Horseshoe Tournaments

Hosted by the Rochelle VFD, 30 teams on Friday and 32 teams on Saturday compete for trophies and the ultimate bragging rights! Register on the day of the tournament.

Street Dances

Live Music

Kick up your heels with some of the best Texas Country musicians around. With a welcome dance on Friday and a street dance on Saturday, it’s a toe tappin’ good time!

Goat Meal

Goat Meal

All this activity got you hungry? Well, you’re in luck! Feeding around 700 people, the Spread Pit BBQ has catered our goat meal for the last several years. Mmm, mmm good!

Arts & Crafts Fair

Arts & Crafts Fair

With over 50 vendors, the shopping alone could keep you busy for the whole weekend. Whether it’s your new favorite shirt or your new favorite olive oil, we’re sure you’ll find something to love.

Goat Roping

Goat Roping

Organized by the Brady High School FFA, teams of two, on foot, head & heel goats. It’s just like team roping without the horse! This is a fundraiser benefiting the FFA.








If you told us that you didn’t like to cook, eat, shop, play washers or horseshoes, or rope goats, we’d say you’re crazy! But, for some reason, if all of that is, in fact, true, there’s still something for you to do. Everybody loves a li’l boot scootin’, right?! And, the World Championship Goat Cook Off boasts some of the best entertainers around. Check out some of our past artists below.

Cody Johnson
Aaron Watson
Wade Bowen
Roger Creager
Josh Abbott
Reckless Kelly
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Welcome to the Heart of Texas!

Brady, Texas, is small town living at its best! With a population of 5,500, we are small enough to give you a mega dose of Southern hospitality but large enough to offer big time fun! Join us year round for events such as the World Championship BBQ Goat Cook Off, July Jubilee, and our newest event Hogtoberfest!


Nestled within the City of Brady, Richards Park is shaded with pecan and oak trees, and is equipped with a playground, picnic tables, restrooms with showers, RV hook-up campsites, and a frisbee golf course for the young and young at heart to enjoy!


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